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  • Resale is hot for back to school

    Resale is hot for back to school
    Kate Smith was never one to rifle through the racks at thrift stores. But when she saw almost new high-end kids' clothes selling at steep discounts on online resale shop ThredUp, the mom of two felt she'd made a real back-to-school shopping find. "I get...
  • More companies adding video to personalize online customer service

    More companies adding video to personalize online customer service
    In a hurry on a sizzling July morning, Veronica Vallejos opted for the drive-through ATM at Visterra Credit Union in Moreno Valley. After pulling under a carport, she leaned out her window and found to her surprise, a screen lit up with Regina's smiling...
  • Kevin Hunt: How To Make Gas Stations Honor Cash Price On Debit Purchase

    Kevin Hunt: How To Make Gas Stations Honor Cash Price On Debit Purchase
    Payment options, cash or credit, are marked clearly at local gas stations. But how does your local fill-up treat plastic cash, the debit card? A debit card looks like a credit card, but banks treat it like a cash transaction. A consumer receives no...
  • What's left on the menu? Russian restaurateurs wrangle with food ban

    What's left on the menu? Russian restaurateurs wrangle with food ban
    Moscow's sweeping sanctions on European food have sent Russian restaurateurs, retail chains and food producers scrambling for alternative supplies and bracing for Soviet-style shortages. The tit for tat trade restrictions - a response to U.S. and EU...
  • The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know

    The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know
    Happy Monday! If you're looking for good news, you've come to the wrong place. If you want the dirt on the latest scams, accusations of fraud, recalls and other consumer news, read on for a summary of what the Watchdog dug up last week, from the VA's...
  • Gen Y generates jump in car sales

    Q: A December report from the U.S. Public Interest Group Education Fund and the Frontier Group found that over the last decade, the share of workers who get to work by private car declined in 99 of America's 100 largest urbanized areas. The Lehigh...
  • Tips for keeping medication costs down

    Tips for keeping medication costs down
    Amanda Greene relies on lidocaine patches to help manage the chronic pain that her Lupus causes. The anesthetic is available as a generic drug, typically sold at a substantially lower price. But this year, the 47-year-old Culver City resident says she's...
  • American Apparel, others try to profit from domestic production

    American Apparel, others try to profit from domestic production
    A young woman named Mariona lounges on her knees and forearms. She wears a provocative expression and tight red American Apparel booty shorts. The advertisement's headline: "Made in USA — Sweatshop Free." The ads sell a racy image, but just as...
  • ADT offers new remote and mobile security products

    ADT's chief innovation officer Arthur Orduña talks into his smartphone to check the security and lights at his Delray Beach home. The ADT app recognizes his voice. "Security status" he says, receiving confirmation that all is well. "Light status," he...
  • Kevin Hunt: Back-To-School Financial Aid Scam; E-Zpass 'Unpaid Toll' Virus

    Kevin Hunt: Back-To-School Financial Aid Scam; E-Zpass 'Unpaid Toll' Virus
    Summer's not the time to relax, at least when the next phone call, email or letter could be part of a criminal conspiracy to steal your money, your identity or threaten to send your children to foster care. Do not resume normal leisure activities...
  • California PUC losing luster, clout

    California PUC losing luster, clout
    Recent years have not been kind to the California Public Utilities Commission. Two high-profile disasters—the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, which killed eight, and the shutdown last year of the San Onofre nuclear power plant—have...